FW: MIND MAGIC Issue 7 - What is love. (fwd)
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 26 Aug 1997 22:58:26 -0400
A fellow Scouter, Jerry Ballengee, from Baltimore Area Council sent the
forwarded e-mail (below) to me at work today. I thought it might be
something that could be used as a resource in developing a Scouts' Own or
a Scoutmaster's Minute. There are many gems here.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
E-mail: email@example.com Visit: ftp1.scouter.com/usscouts
U. S. Scouting Service Project FTP Site Administrator (PC Area)
Helping to deliver the promise of Scouting from Alexandria, Virginia
> Subject: MIND MAGIC Issue 7 - What is love.
> Author: Michael Schelling at NCTSWDC
> Date: 8/26/97 5:46 AM
> MIND MAGIC Issue 7
> .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........
> You are on a mission.
> That mission is to learn as much about
> love as you can within your lifetime.
> Your reward is peace of mind.
> All the complications, the disappointments,
> and the frustrations are arrows that barely miss the target
> each time you and your heart finds the strength to aim for
> love. There are blisters on your fingers. Your shoulders
> ache. Tears stream down your cheeks. But you never
> stop trying because you know that one day you will hit the
> It's never a question of whether or not you will
> ever be loved or how much you will be loved. How you go
> about learning about love is what truly matters.
> QUESTION: WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT?
> QUESTION: WHAT IS LESS IMPORTANT?
> Finding a deep, profound love for yourself is where
> your journey begins.
> You've invested so much time in other people.
> You've cared, you've worried, you've sacrificed, you've listened.
> All what you've wanted in return is love. You feel a lingering
> emptiness that you believe will go away if only you give enough
> of yourself.
> First allow love to thrive inside your own heart.
> Then you will find it in the world around you.
> Love exists inside an open heart.
> Open your heart.
> Have no agenda.
> Have no expectations.
> If you were a chef who spent decades learning about
> food and cooking, you'd know the difference between a good meal
> and a bad one. As your knowledge and appreciation for food grew,
> you'd become more determined to create dishes that gave people a
> magnificent eating experience they'd never forget. And you would
> succeed at this because at some point you will have decided that
> you deserve to give the best to yourself to everyone whose path
> you cross.
> Committing to love is no different.
> QUESTION: WHAT IS SAFE?
> QUESTION: WHAT IS FRIGHTENING?
> *Love is about giving
> Honor yourself by giving yourself honesty and truth.
> Give yourself the same grace you crave for from others.
> Giving to yourself isn't selfish. It's the only way to keep
> yourself alive.
> *Love is about receiving
> There isn't anything more cruel than when someone has
> taken your spirit and wrung it out as if it were a wet dishcloth.
> empty your pureness and leave you in pain.
> Don't let pain keep you from believing you deserve to receive.
> You are stronger than pain.
> *Love is about sharing
> No matter what has happened in your past, you never have to
> be afraid of sharing. The core of sharing comes from acceptance. If
> accept, you will be accepted. That is what it means to FLOW.
> Discovering who you are will help you to make peace with
> I promise you that once you become content with the unique
> being you are, you will no longer settle for second best. You will
> the powerful, most real love-and you will get it.
> -Stop being critical of yourself
> -Stop comparing yourself to others
> -Learn to relax
> -Take care of your body
> -Protect your heart
> Find a deep, profound love for yourself and you will never
> alone again.
> Like a comforting fire, love will bring you warmth that
> procreates a solid respect for yourself and an unbreakable self-trust
> that will never abandon you.
> We are all sharing the experience of being human.
> When you truly love yourself then you begin to relate to the people in
> your life with complete truth and absolute honesty. You'll appreciate
> the freedom openness brings.
> QUESTION; WHAT IS SATISFYING?
> QUESTION: WHAT IS EMPTY?
> Listen to the people you love.
> Listen to them just as much as you care about them.
> Let them be who they are.
> Let them be who they need to be.
> Give yourself the same devotion.
> It's a warm, beautiful summer day. Two children sit side
> by side on a blanket until a sprawling tree. There is a big pile of
> M&Ms between them.
> "One for you," says one of the children as he picks up
> a candy between his index finger and thumb and places in the palm
> of the other child's hand.
> "And one for me," he says picking up another M&M and
> pops it into his mouth.
> -LOVE IS SHARING
> -LOVE IS GIVING
> -LOVE IS RECEIVING
> -LOVE IS EXTENDING YOURSELF TO OTHERS
> You deserve nothing less than goodness.
> You are not alone.
> You will never be alone.
> For as long as you continue to dwell in my heart you will
> be honored and loved.
> If there is anything I wish for you, it is that you receive as
> much love as you choose to give.
> FINAL THOUGHTS
> Kris, a MIND MAGIC subscriber sent me this...
> Start With Yourself
> The following words were written on the tomb an Anglican Bishop
> (1100 A.D. )in the Crypts of Westminster Abbey:
> When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I
> dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I
> discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights
> somewhat and decided to change only my country.
> But it, too, seemed immovable.
> As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I
> settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas,
> they would have none of it.
> And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only
> changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family.
> >From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able
> better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.
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